Console bundles are meant to entice new consumers (and well-to-do current ones) with an enticing offering that might bring in a larger part of the current gaming market share. It’s not just the value of savings that’s important; it’s also getting the exclusive collaborations or popular games into the mix. It’s why I talked about the Ori + Rare Replay + Gears of War Xbox One bundle earlier this week, and it’s why I’m sharing the news of the finale in a week of announced bundles, as posted on Major Nelson’s blog; the Fallout 4 bundle.
Launching on the same day Fallout 4 launches, November 10, the Fallout 4 Xbox One bundle is the following: 1 TB Xbox One console, 1 Xbox One wireless controller (with 3.5mm headset jack), a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial and full game downloads for Fallout 4 and Fallout 3, the latter of which will be backwards compatible from Xbox 360 play. It will retail for $399, and is currently available for pre-order on the Microsoft Store.
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The biggest downfall for this Xbox One bundle is that Fallout 4 is a digital download. Yes, it seems to be the case when it comes to recent release bundles (just like when The Last of Us Remastered was a voucher for the PS4), but not only does it leave fans out of a physical copy for what may be one of the most anticipated titles in the series, it may dip into the software sales at retail stores. Remember, GameStop and others make their bread and butter in re-selling trade-in games, and have decried selling hardware with digital codes inside. With Fallout 4 expected to be a top seller this holiday, we’ll see which side bends on this empasse.
Fallout 4 will launch on Xbox One, in addition to PS4 and PC, on November 10th.
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